Tourism New Zealand and Changi Airport have brought a slice of Middle-earth to Singapore for a display that showcases and celebrates all things New Zealand, including a Hobbit Hole™ from Hobbiton™ Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand, and it was constructed in Changi Airport by the very people who built The Shire™ for the phenomenal The Lord of the Rings™ and The Hobbit Trilogies™ movie franchise by Sir Peter Jackson.
Along with this and other memorabilia from the films that put Middle-earth on the world map, the event showcases New Zealand’s stunningly beautiful landscapes, rich experiences and warm hospitality.
A time-lapse video of the creation of The Hobbit HoleTM at Changi Airport can be viewed here.
The Naturally New Zealand exhibition at Changi Airport Terminal 3 features two facets of exhilarating New Zealand – Middle-earth and the modern New Zealand. Fans of The Lord of the Rings™ and The Hobbit™ Trilogies, as well as airport visitors, can explore the Hobbit Hole™, meet Gandalf the Grey as he stands guard over The One Ring™ and learn about the various scenic terrains that make up The Shire™, Erebor and Hobbiton Woods.
This is the second authentic Hobbit Hole™ out of Matamata, New Zealand. The first was created in London, specifically for the world première of the final film in The Hobbit™ Trilogies in December 2014.
The year 2015 is significant for New Zealand and Singapore as the two nations commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations and the return of Air New Zealand to the direct route.
Visitor numbers from Singapore to New Zealand continue to rise, reaching 46,608 arrivals in the year ending January 2015, and an increase of 8.2%.
Tourism New Zealand’s Regional Manager of South and South-east Asia, Steven Dixon says this is expected to continue to rise as seat capacity grows through the Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines alliance and as promotional campaigns continue to showcase both the variety of experiences and the ease of travel between places in New Zealand.
Changi Airport is linked directly to Auckland via both Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand, which each operate one daily return service between Auckland and Singapore. Singapore Airlines also operate a daily return service between Christchurch and Singapore.
The ‘Naturally New Zealand’ event is open from 12 noon to 10pm daily until 5 April 2015.